Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

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PATIENCE
• 2nd Stage @McGinn/Cazale Theatre
• First Preview: August 2, 2022
• Opening: August 16, 2022
• Playwright: Johnny G. Lloyd
• Director: Zhailon Levingston
• Cast: Zainab Barry, Jonathan Burke, Nemuna Ceesay, Justiin Davis, Mary E. Hodges

Daniel plays solitaire. Professionally. He’s very good – some would say the best. But he is ready to retire and settle into that perfect new house with his husband-to-be, Jordan. He’s just got to hold it together through one final, career-defining match. A sports-inspired fantasia, Patience is a meditation on black excellence, next chapters, and playing a very long game alone.

KINKY BOOTS
• Stage 42
• First Preview: July 26, 2022
• Opening: August 25, 2022
• Book: Harvey Fierstein
• Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
• Director: Jerry Mitchell
• Cast: Callum Francis, Christian Douglas, Danielle Hope, Sean Steele, Brianna Stoute, Marcus Neville, Nick Drake, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Marty Lauter, Ricky Schroeder, Tarion Strong, Bella Coppola, Ryan Halsaver, Lucas Pastrana, Liz Pearce, David J. Socolar, Ebrin R. Stanley, Devin Bowles, Matthew Michael Janisse, Lindsay Joan, Tommy Martinez, Ryah Nixon, Ernest T. Williams, Maria Wirries

Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

TWO JEWS TALKING
• Theatre At St. Clement's
• First Preview: August 20, 2022
• Opening: August 28, 2022
• Playwright: Ed. Weinberger
• Director: Dan Wackerman
• Cast: Hal Linden, Bernie Kopell

Two Jews Talking takes us on a hilarious romp through time in the form a two short one-act plays! The first story brings Lou and Bud together in the Biblical past, and Phil and Marty together in contemporary Long Island. They philosophize about women, sex, food, the divine, and destiny in this tale of companionship and friendship

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Public Theater / Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: August 10, 2022
• Opening: August 30, 2022
• Playwright: William Shakespeare, adapted by Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery
• Music and Lyrics: Shaina Taub
• Director: Laurie Woolery
• Cast: Damion Allen, Tristan André, Amar Atkins, Lori Brown-Niang, Sean-Michael Bruno, Brianna Cabrera, Darius de Haas, Bianca Edwards, Danyel Fulton, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Pierre Harmony Graves, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jonathan Jordan, Trevor McGhie, Mike Millán, Bobby Moody, Renrick Palmer, Eric Pierre, Idania Quezada, Christopher M. Ramirez, Edwin Rivera, Kevin Tate, Shaina Taub, Claudie Yanez

Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced.

LOS OTROS
• A.R.T./New York Theatres
• First Preview: August 24, 2022
• Opening: August 31, 2022
• Book: Ellen Fitzhugh
• Lyrics: Ellen Fitzhugh
• Music: Michael John LaChiusa
• Director: Noah Himmelstein
• Cast: Luba Mason, Caesar Samayoa

Through a series of beautiful and intimate moments, two Californians, Lillian and Carlos, explore significant moments in their lives, discovering they are linked in unexpected ways.

DEAR MOM, SORRY FOR BEING A BITCH
• SoHo Playhouse
• Opening: September 7, 2022
• Playwright: Christine Covode
• Director: Christine Covode
• Cast:

Christine Covode, Alex Dickson, Dan Kelly

From the mind of Christine Covode, "Dear Mom, Sorry For Being a Bitch" is a one-woman love letter and an apology to her not-dead mother! The show focuses on the arc of Christine’s life and the relationship with her mom at various stops along the way.

MARIE IT'S TIME
• HERE Arts Center
• First Preview: September 7, 2022
• Opening: September 9, 2022
• Playwright: Julia Jarcho
• Director: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
• Cast: Julia Jarcho, Jennifer Seastone

A f*cked-up mixtape about love, motherhood, and violence. A fresh stab at Woyzeck that collides song and text, Marie It’s Time pumps hot blood through the veins of theater’s favorite murder-victim. Playwright Julia Jarcho joins Jennifer Seastone onstage to fight for the role of Marie, Büchner’s doomed baby mama, as the director and star of her own seduction.

THE MEMORY EXAM
• Oberon Theatre Ensemble @ 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: September 3, 2022
• Opening: September 10, 2022
• Playwright: Steven Fechter
• Director: Terrence O'Brien
• Cast: Alfred Gingold, Gus Kaikkonen, Bekka Lindström, Vernice Miller

Set in a future world when the simple act of forgetting can be fatal, vigilante laws turn neighbors, friends, and colleagues into spies and informants. Three people in their autumn years covertly hire an expert who can coach them for the perilous Memory Exam. Failure is almost all but certain — but the coach has devised a method that depends on how well they can recall the specifics of their most enduring memory no matter how factual or fantastic.

REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: September 10, 2022
• Playwright: Clark Young, Derek Goldman
• Director: Derek Goldman
• Cast: David Strathairn

In an acclaimed, tour-de-force solo performance, David Strathairn portrays World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski, who risked his life to carry his report of the Warsaw ghetto from war-torn Poland to the Allied Nations and the Oval Office only to be disbelieved. Strathairn captures the remarkable life of this self-described “insignificant, little man” and his story of moral courage and individual responsibility.

THIS BEAUTIFUL FUTURE
• Cherry Lane Theatre
• Opening: September 10, 2022
• Playwright: Rita Kalnejais
• Director: Jack Serio
• Cast: Francesca Carpanini, Angelina Fiordellisi, Austin Pendleton, Uly Schlesinger

Caught in the middle of a war, two teenagers take shelter from a divided world. Elodie is French and 17. Otto, a German soldier, is 16. Safe from the debris outside, they meet secretly for one night. They talk, tease, and touch. They fall in love and fall through time. Kalnejais’ kaleidoscopic play is a story of uncomplicated first love in a very complicated world. It seeks out tenderness amidst tragedy, and hope in the hopeless.


CHEEK TO CHEEK: IRVING BERLIN IN HOLLYWOOD

• York Theatre Company @ The Theater At St. Jean's
• Opening: September 13, 2022
• Book: Barry Kleinbort
• Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin
• Director: Randy Skinner
• Cast: TBA

An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will perform these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance.

JASPER

• Yonder Window Theatre Company @ The Pershing Square Signature Center / Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: September 8, 2022
• Opening: September 14, 2022
• Playwright: Grant MacDermott
• Director: Katie McHugh
• Cast: Dominic Fumusa, Abigail Hawk, Jessica Pimentel

Facing the reality of their son's illness, a couple manages to keep both their child and marriage alive. But when a chance encounter gives birth to an innocent lie it could unravel everything.

SESAME STREET: THE MUSICAL

• Theatre Row
• First Preview: September 8, 2022
• Opening: September 19, 2022
• Book: Jonathan Rockefeller
• Songs: Tom Kitt, Helen Park, Nate Edmonson
• Director: Jonathan Rockefeller
• Cast: Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Oscar The Grouch, Count Von Count, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Gabrielle, Honkers

This September, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Gabrielle, and a whole host of Sesame Street favorites will venture onto the stage to appear in their very own musical– starring… well, themselves.

I'M REVOLTING
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: September 8, 2022
• Opening: September 28, 2022
• Playwright: Gracie Gardner
• Director: Knud Adam
• Cast: Gabby Beans, Laura Esterman, Glenn Fitzgerald, Peter Gerety, Emily Cass McDonnell, Alicia Pilgrim, Portia, Patrick Vaill

At a skin cancer clinic in NYC (not the famous one), patients wait to find out how much of themselves they’re about to lose.

american (tele)visions

• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: September 9, 2022
• Opening: September 29, 2022
• Playwright: Victor I. Cazares
• Director: Rubén Polendo
• Cast: Clew, Raúl Castillo, Ryan J. Haddad, Ella Monte-Brown, Bianca "b" Norwood

A long, long time ago—the ‘90s—in a Walmart far, far away, Erica, our Hero of Ages Lost, pushes her shopping cart—that most sacred ancient vessel of capitalism—through the aisles of a memory play. american (tele)visions is an explosive collision between the American Dream and the American Nightmare—the story of an undocumented Mexican family.

WEIGHTLESS

• WP Theater
• First Preview: September 17, 2022
• Opening: September 29, 2022
• Created by Kate Kilbane, Dan Moses
• Director: Tamilla Woodard
• Cast: Lila Blue, Kofy Brown, Dan Harris, Kate Kilbane, Dan Moses, Joshua Pollock

Sisterhood. Love. Vengeance. Flight. Inspired by a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Weightless tells the story of two deeply devoted sisters, Procne and Philomela. Separated by circumstance, they must travel across worlds—facing devastating sacrifice and divine intervention—in order to reunite.

BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE
• Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: September 24, 2022
• Opening: October 2, 2022
• Playwright: April Matthis, Greig Sargeant
• Director: John Collins
• Cast: Daphne Gaines, Gavin Price, Greig Sargeant, Christopher-Rashee Stevenson, Ben Williams

A profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr.

DODI & DIANA
• HERE Arts Center
• First Preview: October 1, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Kareen Fahmy
• Director: Adrienne Campbell-Holt
• Cast: Rosaline Elbay, Peter Mark Kendall

It’s August 2022—exactly 25 years after the Car Accident that made the world stand still. A Wall Street banker and a Hollywood starlet, locked in the Hôtel Ritz Paris, unearth a strange connection to the star-crossed lovers. With their marriage at a crossroads, the couple’s steamy tête-à-têtes unravel into a simmering interrogation of sex, fame, and erasure. As lies multiply and past and present collide, can their love survive the exposure of their darkest secrets?

INK'DWELL
• New Light Theater Project @ 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: September 29, 2022
• Opening: October 5, 2022
• Playwright: Erin E. Adams
• Director: Tabatha Gayle
• Cast: TBA

Kendra returns to her childhood home on Martha’s Vineyard upon learning her brother has died in a terrible accident. While searching for the truth about his passing, she finds herself tormented by a childhood ghost story. As the mystery behind his death is unraveled, she discovers that he was drowning in much more than water. The ghost story, paired with her grief, begins to impact her relationship with her family and to the ocean itself.

BEDLAM'S HEDDA GABLER
• Irondale Center
• Opening: October 5, 2022
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz
• Director: Erick Tucker
• Cast: Karen Alvarado, Lisa Birnbaum, Katie Hartke, Mike Labbadia, Susannah Millonzi, Ryan Quinn, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Eric Tucker, Elan Zafir

Bedlam continues our 10th anniversary season with two classic plays performed in repertory: nine actors will take on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz.

BEDLAM'S THE WINTER'S TALE
• Irondale Center
• Opening: October 7, 2022
• Playwright: William Shakespeare, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz
• Director: Erick Tucker
• Cast: Karen Alvarado, Lisa Birnbaum, Katie Hartke, Mike Labbadia, Susannah Millonzi, Ryan Quinn, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Eric Tucker, Elan Zafir

Bedlam continues its 10th anniversary season with two classic plays performed in repertory: nine actors will take on William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz.

peerless
• Primary Stages @ 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: September 24, 2022
• Opening: October 11, 2022
• Playwright: Jiehae Park
• Director: Margot Bordelon
• Cast: TBA

A darkly comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the cutthroat world of elite college admissions, Jiehae Park’s clever and incisive adaptation, peerless, is a comedy...until it’s not. This new version of the classic story centers on M and L, twin Asian-American siblings who have given up everything to get into The College. When another classmate claims what they feel is rightfully “their spot,” the twins decide they have only one option: murder.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN
• Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: September 27, 2022
• Opening: October 19, 2022
• Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: TBA

Lorraine Hansberry's landmark drama was one of the first on Broadway to examine African-American life on the cusp of the civil rights era. Walter Younger and his mother, Lena, both yearn to move their family out of Chicago's Southside ghetto. When Lena's late husband's insurance check arrives, Lena hopes to use it to buy a house in a white neighborhood — while Walter hopes to invest it in a liquor business.

STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY
• Griffin Theater @ The Shed
• First Preview: October 18, 2022
• Opening: October 26, 2022
• Playwright: David Hare
• Director: Nicholas Hytner and Jamie Armitage
• Cast: Ralph Fiennes, David Bromley, Alana Maria, Guy Paul, Judith Roddy, Helen Schlesinger, Mary Stillwagon Stewart, Danny Webb

For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses was the most powerful man in New York. Though never elected to office, he manipulated those who were through a mix of guile, charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created new parks, new bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. But in the 1950s, groups of citizens at grass roots began to organize against his schemes and against the motor car, campaigning for a very different idea of what a city was and for what it should be.

I WANNA F*CK LIKE ROMEO AND JULIET
• New Light Theater Project @ 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: October 20, 2022
• Opening: October 26, 2022
• Playwright: Andrew Rincón
• Director: Jesse Jou
• Cast: TBA

Snow in July, comets falling from the sky… the world is thrown into chaos as Cupid rips off her wings and gives up on Love. But her old flame Saint Valentine has a plan to bring her spirit back up, and it involves reigniting the flame between two humans, Alejandro and Benny.

THE UNBELIEVING
• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: October 20, 2022
• Opening: October 27, 2022
• Playwright: Marin Gazzaniga
• Director: Steve Cosson
• Cast: TBA

In the classic tale of religious conversion, finding God holds the promise of a life filled with purpose and meaning. But what happens when this transformation occurs in reverse, and a faith you have built your life around begins to fall away? The Unbelieving takes a penetrating look into the lives of practicing clergy members— Catholics, Episcopalians, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Jews, Mormons, Muslims—who have stopped believing in God.

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: October 11, 2022
• Opening: October 30, 2022
• Book: Terrence McNally
• Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
• Music: Stephen Flaherty
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Jim Parsons, Alma Cuervo, Kara Mikula, Da'Von T. Moody, Mary Beth Peil, Thom Sesma, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Jessica Tyler Wright, Joel Waggoner, Mare Winningham, William Youmans

In 1964 Dublin, Alfie Byrne, a middle-aged bachelor living a too-quiet life with his spinster sister, spends his days as a bus conductor and his nights as a community theatre impresario dedicated to the plays of his hero, Oscar Wilde. When Alfie declares that the troupe will next present Wilde's provocative Salome, the church where the theatrical troupe is housed balks at the plays "immodest" dancing and his safe little world begins to crumble.

YOU WILL GET SICK
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: October 14, 2022
• Opening: November 6, 2022
• Playwright: Noah Diaz
• Director: Sam Pinkleton
• Cast: Linda Lavin, Marinda Anderson, Daniel K. Isaac, Nate Miller, Dario Ladani Sanchez

In Noah Diaz’s You Will Get Sick, a young man is shocked to receive a life-changing diagnosis. Overwhelmed, he turns to a stranger for help, hiring an older woman to break the news to his family and friends – thus setting into motion a series of events that will profoundly reshape both of their lives.

WHERE WE BELONG
• Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: October 28, 2022
• Opening: November 9, 2022
• Playwright: Madeline Sayet
• Director: Mei Ann Teo
• Cast: TBA

An indigenous theatre-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies; in search of a place to belong.

the bandaged place
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Black Box Theatre
• First Preview: October 20, 2022
• Opening: November 15, 2022
• Playwright: Harrison David Rivers
• Director: David Mendizábal
• Cast: Stephanie Berry, Jake Ryan Lozano, Sasha Camille Manuel, Anthony Lee Medina, Jhardon Dishon Milton

Struggling to recover after an assault, Jonah realizes the only way to heal is by mending the relationships with his family.

PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR
• Public Theater/Joe's Pub
• First Preview: November 4, 2022
• Opening: November 16, 2022
• Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Director: Niegel Smith
• Cast: TBA

On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and set out to write a play every day. What emerged is a breathtaking chronicle of our collective experience throughout the troubling days and nights that followed.

BECKY NURSE OF SALEM
• Lincoln Center Theater @ Mitzi Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: October 27, 2022
• Opening: November 21, 2022
• Playwright: Sarah Ruhl
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: Tina Benko, Candy Buckley, Alicia Crowder, Deirdre O'Connell, Thomas Jay Ryan, Julian Sanchez, Bernard White

Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH
• New World Stages Stage 1
• First Preview: November 13, 2022
• Opening: November 21, 2022
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
• Music: Jerry Bock
• Translation: Shraga Freidman
• Director: Joel Grey
• Cast: Steven Skybell

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Drama Desk Award–winning Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish will return to Off-Broadway at New World Stages. The production of the classic musical is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

FLOYD COLLINS
• Out Of The Box Theatrics @ Theatre 71
• First Preview: November 11, 2022
• Opening: November 28, 2022
• Book: Tina Landau
• Lyrics: Adam Guettel
• Music: Adam Guettel
• Director: Christina Sajous
• Cast: TBA

Based on a real-life incident, Floyd Collins tells the story of an early 20th century amateur cave explorer who finds himself stuck in a Kentucky cave and the resulting media frenzy surrounding the efforts to rescue him.

DES MOINES
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: November 29, 2022
• Playwright: Denis Johnson
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: TBA

The late American author Denis Johnson’s final play Des Moines is one of his most sensationally mysterious works. Chance events—including a plane crash, a rescued wedding ring, a frightening diagnosis, and makeup advice kindly offered to a louche Catholic priest—bring a group of lonely and haunted characters together for a debauch that becomes an unlikely communion

HOAGY CARMICHAEL'S STARDUST ROAD
• York Theatre Company @ The Theater At St. Jean's
• First Preview: November 22, 2022
• Opening: December 1, 2022
• Concept: Susan H. Schulman, Michael Lichtefeld, Lawrence Yurman
• Music: Hoagy Carmichael
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road is a new musical journey that tells the story of six friends and the one man who brought them all together. The musical is told completely through the sophisticated music of Hoagy Carmichael. The seven friends weave a story of camaraderie and shifting relationships through four decades in America: the early years of ragtime, jazz and blues; the romance of New York in the 1930’s; the tumultuous and uncertain years of the World War II era; and the post-war Golden Age of Hollywood. All while walking down Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 21, 2022
• Opening: December 11, 2022
• Book: George Furth
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Maria Friedman
• Cast: Daniel Radcliffe

The story of how a composer's idealism and friendships were corrupted by success is told backwards, starting with the disillusioned present and ending with their optimistic college years, in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical, which is suggested by the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play.

AMANI
• Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
• Opening: February 6, 2023
• Playwright: a.k. payne
• Director: Josiah Davis
• Cast: TBA

Amani grows up building a rocket ship with her father, who vows to make it to outer space: where his child can breathe easy, where there are no gangs to take his first love’s life, nor prisons to take Black boys’ best years. As Amani moves into adulthood, she seeks her voice and her own dreams. Will Amani make it to the moon?

(pray)
• Greenwich House
• Opening: March 9, 2023
• Playwright: nicHi douglas
• Director: nicHi douglas
• Cast: TBA

A meditation on the necessity and complexity of religion & spirituality for Black American womxn throughout history. Following the form of a Sunday Baptist church service, and embodied by a company of twelve intergenerational Black womxn and femme performers, (pray) seeks to offer joy-filled healing through a dynamic fusion of song, text and dance.

FUENTE OVEJUNA
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: Apil 29, 2023
• Playwright: Lope De Vega
• Director: Flordelino Lagundine
• Cast: TBA

A masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age, Fuente Ovejuna (1612) is a prophetically modern drama by Lope de Vega, history’s most prolific dramatist. It recounts a violent peasant uprising against an aristocratic lord who rapes socially powerless women with impunity and highlights the heroism of one remarkable woman who dares to lead as others shrink in fear. The heroine Laurencia’s brave stand foreshadows movements for systemic change and individual rights that occurred in the ages after Lope.

BERNARDA'S DAUGHTERS
• The Chelsea Factory
• Opening: May 2, 2023
• Playwright: Dominique Rider
• Director: Diane Exavier
• Cast: TBA

It’s a sweltering summer in Flatbush. In a neighborhood overrun by wrecking crews and new construction, the five Abellard sisters take refuge in their family home. In spite of their jovial, teasing conversations, the sisters are mourning the death of their father and the changing neighborhood. Each of them is also confronting personal losses of their youth and their dreams for the future. Inspired by the classic play House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, but bracingly contemporary, Bernarda’s Daughters confronts issues of class, race, gentrification, and where a woman’s place is in a rapidly changing world. Drenched in sparkling, witty dialog, Bernarda’s Daughters is a thrilling, engrossing exploration of a family at a crossroads.



ORPHEUS DESCENDING
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: July 9, 2023
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: Christopher Abbott, Maggie Siff

Tennessee Williams’s steamy and lyrical Orpheus Descending is a love story and a tragedy, telling of the passion of a storekeeper’s wife and a wandering guitar player and their doomed escape attempt from a hell of small-mindedness. Set in a dry-goods store in the 1950s deep South, the play’s toxic brew of Jim Crow, xenophobia, and provincialism evokes an American past that unfortunately is not the past, with open acceptance of hatred leading inevitably to violence.


 
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